Diss looking to continue good start at home to London 2 North East season
Head coach Nick Greenhall is eager to see his Diss side continue their positive start to the campaign at home when they host South Woodham Ferrers tomorrow (2pm).
The third-placed Blues have won two of their three London 2 North East outings at Mackenders by comfortable margins against Wanstead (31-3) and Saffron Walden (42-29), while their other home fixture ended in a 17-17 draw with table-topping Norwich.
Greenhall, who took charge of the team during the summer, said: “We set a lot of goals, both as a team and individually, and to play well and win at home is always one of those.
“We want to be strong at home and so far we have been. A lot of people come out to watch us at Mackenders and really get behind the team, so to perform well for them is a big thing for us.
“South Woodham have had some mixed results so far this season but it now looks like they are growing.
“It is always a tough game against them and Saturday will be no different.”
With four wins, a draw and a defeat to their name in 2019/20, Greenhall’s charges occupy third place in the standings following last season’s relegation.
Greenhall has been pleased with the start, but he also believes that it is very early days for his squad.
“I have been pretty happy, especially with how the lads are getting on together and the way the coaching team are working with them,” he said.
“That has a lot to do with why the results have been going well so far.
“We emphasised at the start of the season just how important character was going to be and the impact that it would have on our performances – the lads have shown plenty of it.
“As the season goes on we will probably win some and lose some. It is still very early days for us as a group and we are working towards a three-year plan.
“It is a large squad with around 30 players competing for places and the second team is doing particularly well, so there is plenty to be positive about.
“Results at this stage of the season will not gauge where we are at just yet – that will come in a few weeks or months down the line.
“Collectively we are looking forward to challenges that are ahead, starting with South Woodham on Saturday.”
Diss’ last meeting with South Woodham – on April 21, 2018 – ended in a35-30 win for the Essex side.
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